The Court for Serious Crimes will decide former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri’s fate today. Tahiri is charged with involvement in international drugs traffic. The Prosecution has requested a 12-year prison sentence for the former Socialist minister.
Tahiri’s name came to light after the arrest of his cousins in Sicily. In his defense in the courtroom today, Tahiri said he is not responsible for his cousins and certain people do not respond even when their brothers are accused.
It was not quite clear whom he was referring to, but supposedly he was speaking for his successor Fatmir Xhafaj and Prime Minister Edi Rama. Xhafaj’s brother is serving a prison sentence in Italy over drugs traffic charges. Rama’s brother, Olsi Rama, has been often accused, especially from the opposition, as one of the exponents of a cocaine trafficking organization.